Is getting a Nintendo Switch collapsible stand worth it?

Let’s face it: the kickstand on the Nintendo Switch is terrible. Placed on one side, the kickstand is flimsy and it’s very easy for the Switch to topple due to even mild vibration. Also, with the kickstand open, it’s impossible to charge the Switch. To address the lame kickstand, tons of 3rd party accessory makers have created a variety of different Nintendo Switch stands. Most are fairly similar and cost around $10-$15, but a few offer some extra features for an added cost. But are these actually necessary? How often do you really play with your console on a stand?

After traveling and playing with the Switch in a ton of different settings, I’ve come to find that these stands are used far less often than you would think, but when you do want a kickstand, the built-in solution simply won’t do. Here are the use cases for one of these 3rd party stands.

You don’t like playing with the Joy-Cons in handheld mode.

Personally, my preferred way to play the Switch is in handheld mode with the Joy-Cons attached. I’ve heard that people with large hands can feel a bit cramped, but I have fairly large hands and I’ve played for hours at a time without issue. That said, everybody is different and I can see people favoring play with a Pro Controller while putting the Switch on a stand. If you’re not a fan of attached Joy-Con play, then you should pick up a stand right away. For $10-$15, it’s going to allow you to play for longer, more comfortably, and with less worry that your Switch is going to take a dive if someone bumps your playing surface. If you play for a long time in a typical session, being able to charge while playing is a big deal.

You Play Multiplayer Games on the Go

If you’re the type to bring the Switch around for bouts of Bomberman, Puyo Puyo Tetris, or 1-2 Switch with friends and family, then investing the few bucks for a stand makes good sense. After a night of watching my Switch fall over during spirited 1-2 Switch sessions with family, I realized that you simply will need a sturdy stand if this is something you will want to do often. The 3rd party stand will also allow you to elevate the Switch a few inches and make it easier to see when standing up.

…and honestly, that’s about it.

What looks like a very logical buy is if you’re going to be doing the two things mentioned above, but if you’re fine playing with attached Joy-Cons and don’t play with others on the go, you’re really going to find limited use for the stand. Still, at $10-$15, it’s not a bad thing to have on hand, but you’re likely to be leaving it at home when you take the Switch out most often. Maybe hold off getting one until you feel like you’re often in situations where you wish you had one and roll that money into one of the digital offerings on the eShop instead. If you do choose to pick one up, really focus on getting one that folds flat, allows you to charge while the Switch is being cradled, and one that has some sort of anti-slide grip on the bottom.